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Thursday, February 28, 2013

'Smartphones present greatest danger in GE13'


A veteran media practitioner believes that the common smartphone, and its more than common capabilities, may cause trouble in the 13th general election (GE13), if authorities are not prepared for it.

a kadir jasin interview 060705 talking“This coming election may not be as smooth if the people involved in the process do not pay attention to the power of the smartphone,” said blogger and veteran editor A Kadir Jasin (left) at a forum on the changing landscape of media in the face of the upcoming general election in Kuala Lumpur today.

“In GE13 things can be complicated and go wrong if you don’t pre-empt. Unless you can ban the smartphone, there may be problems,” he argued.

Kadir said that this is because all sorts of rumours, chit-chat and false news can be conveniently spread on the devices which can lead to low voter turnouts or crisis situations.

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